Staff can be contacted via email, using the first letter of the first name and the full last name, at geneticsandsociety.org. Thus, John Doe would be jdoe[AT]geneticsandsociety[DOT]org.
Click on the name of each program staff member to see their talks, articles, news and blog posts.
Staff | Advisory Board | Fellows | Consultants
|Marcy Darnovsky, PhD, speaks and writes widely on the politics of human biotechnology, focusing on their social justice and public interest implications. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law and Policy Review, Democracy, New Scientist and many others. She has appeared on dozens of television, radio, and online news shows and has been interviewed and cited in hundreds of news and magazine articles. She has worked as an organizer and advocate in a range of environmental and progressive political movements, and taught courses at Sonoma State University and at California State University East Bay. Her Ph.D. is from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.|
|Director of Finance and Administration|
|Charles Garzón, MA, has many years of experience working with public policy and advocacy organizations. Most recent, he has been associated with a progressive policy think-tank and legal defense fund located in New York City. He holds a Bachelor's in Politics and Sociology as well as a Master's degree in Political Science with emphasis in international relations.|
|Program Director on Genetic Justice|
|Katie Hasson, PhD, writes, speaks, researches, and teaches about the social and political aspects of human genetic and reproductive technologies. Katie earned her PhD in Sociology with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.|
|Adrienne van der Valk began her career in social work, advocating for homeless and runaway youth and survivors of sexual violence. Her graduate studies led her to political science and journalism, and she has been using her editorial and communications skills in a variety of social justice settings ever since. She recently served as deputy director for Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Grinnell College and master’s degrees in political science and magazine journalism from the University of Oregon.|
||Kathrin Martin has always been interested in issues related to peace, gender and social justice. She holds a bachelor and master's degrees in political science from the University of Geneva with emphasis in the study of international relations and political theory. Her most recent academic work has focused on the gendered aspect of conflict in different countries in Africa. She is thrilled to join CGS in order to gain further insights into public policy and advocacy organizations.|
||Kayla Hinkson-Grant is a Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps intern for Summer 2019. Kayla has worked with the Center for Studies for Boys’ and Girls’ Lives doing youth participatory action based research exploring gender, relationships, and identity. She secured an international panel moderated by News Decoder’s Nelson Graves to discuss populism and social integration. Kayla is pursuing a bachelor's degree in anthropology with a minor in gender studies and focus on reproductive justice and health at Mount Holyoke College. Kayla is passionate about disability and social justice. She is excited to explore how her passions connect to genetic technologies at CGS.|
|Richard Hayes, PhD, was most recently visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley College of Natural Resources / Energy and Resources Group. He was founding executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, serving in that role from 2001 through 2012. He has written and spoken widely concerning democratic governance of science and technology, economic inequality, and the need for social oversight of the new human biotechnologies. Hayes has been active in social and political organizing since his student days at UC Berkeley in the 1960s. In the 1970s he worked as a community organizer with a wide range of progressive organizations. In the early 1980s he served as executive director of the San Francisco Democratic Party and ran the electoral field operations for the late Congressmembers Phillip Burton and Sala Burton. From 1983 through 1992 he served on the national staff of the Sierra Club, first as assistant political director and then as national director of volunteer development. In the early 1990s he was chair of the Sierra Club's Global Warming Campaign Committee. In 1999 he began the work that lead to the creation of the Center for Genetics and Society in 2001. He holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley. His current website is For A Human Future.|